One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).John 1:40–42
In the 19th century, French scientist Louis Pasteur discovered sickness was spread through microscopic organisms called germs. Of course, now we know all about germs, just ask any mom who faithfully douses her children with alcohol rub every time before they eat out. Germs spread sickness as easy as a gossip spreads her juicy secret across the neighborhood fence. All it takes for an entire school to be shut down is for one kid to show up with strep throat. She coughs into her hands, then touches the door knob. Then the next five kids who touch that door knob, touch their mouths and now they have the strep germ, which they then pass on to five more kids who give it to five more and so on, until over half the school is sick in bed and the doors are closed for the week. This is of course can be both a wonderful and terrible prospect depending on whether or not you’re one of the sick in bed or the one sent home healthy to play Fortnite.
But either way the illustration is a good one. When we tell another person about the single most important thing in the world, the good news of Jesus Christ, and they discover the power of the Holy Spirit to change their lives, they become compelled to tell others and the infection of love has started and the prognosis for the world is good! It is our job to contaminate this world with the good news of Jesus Christ. To share with others who then will share with others and so on, and so on. We can’t let this news stop with us, it’s too good not to share. The first thing Andrew did after meeting Jesus was to run and tell his brother, Peter, who Jesus would one day call the rock on which He would build His church. Who will you tell today who one day may be a foundational part of spreading the love of Christ to a world in need?
Questions to ponder
What was the worst cold or temporary sickness you ever caught and how do you think you caught it?
What is something in your life today that you are passionate about that you find yourself talking to others about most frequently?
Who is one person that you may have already talked about Jesus with that you need to reinfect to double their exposure? Follow up with that person and sneeze on him or her again today!